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The process has begun to fill the vacant seat created by Herb Atchison’s move from former city councilor to the new Westminster mayor. Fourteen people applied for the open position, but only will be appointed and sworn in during the Dec. 9 city council meeting.
What started as a small pet food drive, has turned into a major, much needed program for senior citizens in Adams County. This month is the Senior Hub Volunteer Caregivers’ Companion Care Program’s fifth annual Season of Suppers Holiday Pet Food Distribution.
Taking the tradition of holiday lights up a notch, the Butterfly Pavilion’s Living Lights is sure to impress all ages. The exhibit is an indoor and outdoor journey taking people through the pavilion’s indoor tropical rainforest and outside through glowing gardens. On display are life-sized sculptures made from 95 percent recycled steel and LED lighting.
Supporting nonprofit organization Share Our Strength, Kachina Southwestern Grill in Westminster is hosting a Dine Out event to help families across Colorado learn the skills to cook healthy meals on a budget.
For 28 years, Sean Ellis has been in the fire and ambulance service, 12 years in the Federal Heights Fire Department. Always focused on improving his skills and career, Ellis' dedication paid off with the promotion to fire chief was sworn in during a badge pinning ceremony during the Nov. 19 Federal Heights city council meeting.
Around this time, most city councils and school boards are welcoming newly elected officials. But in the Adams 12 Five Star School district, one position still remains unoccupied.
The Adams County School District 50 school board welcomed two new board members during a special meeting and ceremony on Nov 21. Taking their seats for the first time, Joseph Davidek and Ryan McCoy experienced their first board meeting, just one of many more to come over the next four years.
Longtime comedian and magician Ann Lincoln is coming to the Westminster Libraries in two performances of the Wonderful Winter Magic Show. The show will feature juggling, magic and of course comedy, with a special appearance from Snow Bunny, a real-live rabbit.
James Hondrogiannis has been in the restaurant business since age 6.
Thornton Arts, Sciences and Humanities Council, TASHCO, is partnering with the Adams 12 Five Star School District in an effort to bring art education to the STEM (science, technology, engineer and math) program to provide a well-balanced learning experience for students. The program is called Full STEAM Ahead and promotes critical thinking skills through a variety of upcoming educational community events lead by students in all grades.
Since 1911, the Hometown Christmas celebration has brought people together for an evening of lights, caroling and Santa Claus. First celebrated after the city’s incorporation, the community event is a tradition marking the beginning of the holiday season.
Through mid-December the Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District is offering a free arthritis class to help ease and manage the pain for people with the debilitating disease.
For those uninsured, Clinica Colorado in Westminster is filling the gap. The nonprofit organization provides low-cost, quality health care for the uninsured in Adams County and other surrounding areas.
Jefferson County District Court Chief Judge Stephen Munsinger sentenced 18-year-old Austin Sigg to life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 40 years, plus an additional 86 years for the kidnapping and murder of Jessica Ridgeway.
It was an evening of memories and new beginnings during the Nov. 11 Westminster city council meeting. The meeting featured the closure of one chapter for four longtime community members and the start of a new a one for four more.
Gart Properties out of Denver recently purchased the Willow Run Shopping center in Westminster for a price of $11 million. The shopping center at North Zuni Street and West 128th Avenue is home to businesses like Subway, Allstate Insurance, McDonald’s and Chase Bank and is anchored by Safeway.
Visiting Angels in Westminster is offering free confidential memory screenings as part of National Memory Screening Day, an annual initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
With the help of a grant from Great-West Financial students in the Adams 12 Five Star School District will get a jump in personal financial literacy. The $207,000 grant will provide resources and economic professional development across grades kindergarten through 12th grade.
The Empty Bowls Project is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger, and for the past seven years, the students and staff of Standley Lake High School have done their part to help feed people in need in their community.
Based on unofficial election results were released Tuesday night, three Westminster residents will now call themselves city councilors. Emma Pinter, Bruce Baker and Alberto Garcia were the three candidates who earned the most votes for Westminster city council. Pinter came out on top, receiving 8,641 votes, followed by Baker who received 6,861 and finally Garcia who earned 6,160 votes.
It was a close race for the Adams 12 Five Star Schools District 3 position. After unofficial results were released, Kathy Plomer was the top earner, receiving 38.82 percent of the votes, just beating out fellow candidate Debbie Christensen who earned 37.1 percent of the votes.
It was a close race, but after unofficial results came in around 8 p.m. Tuesday it appears Herb Atchison will be the next mayor of Westminster earning 41.38 percent of the vote.
Federal Height residents had the opportunity to hear from three of the six city council candidates during an Oct. 24 candidate forum before making their final voting decision.
Another step forward to the development of the Westminster Center was made during Monday night’s Westminster city council meeting. A unanimous vote approved a zoning change to Planned Unit Development, PUD for the former Westminster mall site.
Reaching out to the community in hopes to bring students back to school, the Adams 12 Five Star School District conducted a districtwide Home Visit Day in September. Along with Thornton and Northglenn police officers, district administration and staff visited 133 homes of students currently in truancy court who have inconsistent attendance with a goal to ensure students are connected to a school and that families have the necessary resources to support their student’s learning.
Last updated in 2004, the changes in the new version of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, CLUP, were approved Monday after a unanimous vote by Westminster City Council. The CLUP will integrate all aspects of physical planning into one cohesive document with direction for land use, parks and open space, community design, economic development, infrastructure and resource management.
The mission of the Hyland Hills Foundation is simple: promote and support the recreational and cultural opportunities of the residents of Hyland Hills. The volunteer-run foundation pays special attention to children in the district offering recreation and sports scholarships to children, free activities and the signature Be-A-Fish program, which offers free swim lessons to every child in the district.
With mail-in ballots out the door, Adams 12 Five Star School District residents had an opportunity to learn about the school board members during a candidate forum, before deciding who to vote for in this year’s election. The forum, Oct. 17, was hosted by the District School Improvement Team, DSIT, and was attended by school board candidates Joshua Bastian, David Elliott, Kathy Plomer, Rico Figueroa and Amy Speers. Debbie Christensen was unable to attend. Each candidate gave a five-minute introduction followed by an open-forum layout giving parents and community members the opportunity to speak one-on-one with each candidate.
There’s a new chamber in town: the Westminster Chamber of Commerce. With five businesses already in the directory, the new organization was developed to promote, support and connect member businesses and organizations to the residents of Westminster through technology, cooperation and community, according to the website, http://westminsterchamber.biz.
For this year’s Westminster Reads project, the focus is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Members of the Colorado Department of Transportation, Regional Transportation District and city officials from Westminster and Broomfield came together on Oct. 15 to open the new Uptown Avenue bridge, formerly known as the Olde Wadsworth/112th Avenue bridge. The new Wadsworth Parkway bridge, the first completed replacement bridge which opened on Oct. 5, was also celebrated during the event.
The South Westminster Arts Group (SWAG) is providing free drop-in art classes for children ages 7-17 with the help of a grant from the Legacy Foundation. The classes are being offering the first and third Saturday of the month at the Rodeo Market Community Art Center in Westminster.
A new Westminster business will not only bring health and wellness to the community but also cater to cancer patients.
For 8-year-old Keara Burch, being in front of an audience doesn’t scare her one bit. In fact, it excites her. She loves the spotlight and being in front of the camera.
Built in 2007, North Stadium is now 1STBANK Field. On Oct. 7, the Adams 12 Five Star School District signed a naming rights agreement with FirstBank Colorado for the field at 12500 Delaware St. in Westminster.
The Northwest Area Mobility Study team released higher than expected preliminary numbers for estimated cost and ridership for the FasTracks transit options between Denver and Longmont.
Westminster mayor and city council candidates shared their views and goals for the city during the Oct. 10 candidate forum at city hall. Hosted by Colorado Community Media, the publisher of the Westminster Window and the Westsider, candidates were asked a variety of questions giving the community an opportunity to get to know the candidates before making their choice in the November Election.
With the sun shining bright and children laughing, the community of Westminster and the Ridgeway family celebrated the dedication of the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park on Saturday, Oct. 5, the one-year anniversary of Jessica’s disappearance.
The Ralston House, with locations in Arvada and Lakewood, is expanding its services to the 17th Judicial District.
A proposed mill levy override for the Adams County School District 50 is now backed by two major entities: the city of Westminster and the Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District. Both the Westminster city council and the Hyland Hills board of directors passed resolutions supporting the mill levy override.
A devastating fire destroyed the Lao Buddhist Temple of Colorado in Westminster in December 2011.
Mountain Range High School physics teacher Scott Schankweiler loves to get his students thinking. One of the best compliments he can receive is when a student walks into the classroom and says, “It’s your fault I was thinking about physics this morning when the car was sliding on the ice.” Schankweiler checks those kinds of comments off as success.
October is Fire Prevention Month and to spread the word, the Westminster Fire Department is providing learning opportunities throughout the month to teach adults and youngsters fire safety tips.
Patricia Lyman considers her lung cancer diagnosis a lucky one. The 16-year Westminster resident had come in to be screened for another health issue, but left with a Stage 1 lung cancer diagnosis in September last year.
Austin Sigg, the 18-year-old accused of murdering 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, pleaded guilty to all charges on Tuesday, including first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault on a child. The announcement was made just days before the trial was set to being on Oct. 3.
When it comes to innovative technology, the employees in the Westminster Department of Public Works and Utilities are ahead of the game. The department was recently awarded the Mobility Award by Accela Inc., a provider of civic engagement solutions for government agencies and the company that provides the department’s asset management program, for their development of a manhole inspection app.
The venue of the upcoming Austin Sigg trial has been confirmed to stay in Jefferson County. The decision came Sept. 23 during a motions hearing when District Court Chief Judge Stephen Munsinger ruled to deny the defense team’s request to change the venue.
For almost three years, Tanya and Jim Heberlein, owners of Little Britches LLC in Westminster, have been helping families meet the demanding needs of growing children.